A previously unreleased live recording from the 1970s by a short-lived outfit that nonetheless managed to be one of the lastingly influential jazz groups of the era – the "European quartet" of Keith Jarrett (above), with the young Jan Garbarek on sax. Loose, exuberant, tender and edgy, it's timeless.
The follow-up to last year's Charlie Parker tribute, Beloved Bird, and just as good, a set by freewheelingly virtuosic pianist Bates – this time mixing some poignant originals with Parker classics. Young Danish bass and drums team of Petter Eldh and Peter Bruun are flawless foils for their unpredictable boss.
3 Wasted & Wanted
Michael Wollny's [em]
One of German indie Act's most original pianists is Wollny, with the bass-and-drums trio he calls [em]. Everyone makes genre hybrids now, but Wollny's improv treatments of Mahler and Schubert, his chord-punching funk playing, and the group's collective spirit are turning them into European stars.
2 Landing Ground
British student trumpeter/composer Jurd stretched critics and musicians' repertoire of superlatives with this sophisticated and technically awesome session for her jazz group and a string quartet – on memorable originals with folk and contemporary-classical connections, delivered with the assurance of a budding trumpet-improv original.
1 All There, Ever Out
Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
Ruggedly experimental free-jazz, classical, South African townships bop, Hammond-organ blues – Oxford pianist Hawkins splices it all, withidiosyncratic tributes to Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum thrown in.
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